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Retreat to Enen (2022) is a peaceful survival game where you explore a tropical island and make your life there. With no hostile creatures, you craft a base that must exist alongside nature rather than treating it as an endless resource. The ecological premise is furthered by guided meditation zones you with real-world breathing exercises to create an experience that aims to bring harmony and peace.

In the year 3600, humanity is nearly extinct due to its own greed and exploitation of earth's resources. Realising their mistake, the survivors task young people to become one with nature on the island of Enen. You explore the tropical beaches and underwater havens of the shoreline, the dense redwood forests, and the frozen wastes of the island, gathering the resources you need to craft a home using your high-tech tools. You hunt animals for food and pelts, only taking what you need, and learn to build alongside nature rather than destroy it.

As you explore, you find frequent meditation points where you can sit down and practice breathing exercises designed to help you calm down and relax in real life. You also find the ruins of former civilisations, reminding you of the consequences of exploitation and corruption. As there are no threats from wild animals or deadly locales, you're free to explore at your own pace, taking in small details like the crunch of snow underfoot or the chirp of birds above.

Although a little "on the nose", the result is actually a really peaceful experience. It offers enough challenge through resource collection and base creation, while also serving as a gentle reminder of our current responsibility for the natural world.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Retreat to Enen 24 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a World Building game with Adventure, Creative, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a game that is light on action. While younger children may enjoy it, those who are able to engage with the meditation and wider themes are best suited.

CostsCosts

Retreat to Enen usually costs £20.99. 

Retreat to Enen

Steam StoreSALE PC £20.99 £6.29 until 19/07/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/08/2022

Price: 70% off

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: World Building (Adventure, Creative, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Retreat To Enen (@RetreatToEnen)


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